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Lechner, Reiter & Riesenfelder
Sozialforschung OG, Wien

Evaluation of the focal points for persons with foreign qualifications (Research, 2016)

The formal recognition of educational qualifications acquired abroad serves the equality with corresponding Austrian equivalents and entails the associated rights to exercise one's profession, to bear the title and to access further training. Depending on the field of qualification (school leaving certificates, academic degrees, regulated professions, apprenticeship qualifications), different procedures are applied in Austria and different bodies are responsible.

In order to provide support to people with foreign qualifications in the fragmented situation, four focal points (AST) were set up in 2013 to provide advice to migrants on the recognition and assessment of their qualifications acquired abroad:

The counselling centre for migrants also supports the individual ASTs as a nationwide coordination centre (AST coordination). The AST work in cooperation with the Public Emloyment Service (PES) and the respective competent recognition bodies for professional recognition, nostrification, and equality of training acquired abroad.

The work of the focal points (ASTs) in the first years of their activity was the subject of the evaluation. The focus was on questions of goal achievement and impact analysis. A focused analysis and presentation of relevant framework conditions (labour market, international models of recognition counselling) complemented the results.

Team: Ferdinand Lechner, Lisa Danzer, Petra Wetzel

Client: Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection

Status: finished



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